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Monday, March 11 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
How Partisan Media Contributes to Healthy Politics

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The rise of new media, from Facebook and Twitter to The Huffington Post and The Daily Caller, has allowed consumers of news to ignore anything that challenges their prior beliefs. Purveyors of news and information now wear their political stripes openly. Conventional wisdom assumes that this increased partisanship, in both media and politics, is an unmitigated ill. But is partisanship really so bad? Research in psychology and political science suggests that this tug-of-war between opposing sides could be beneficial in some ways. When ideas are challenged – who better to question your position than your partisan opponent? – better ones emerge. And while technology has enabled the rise of divisive media and the formation of closed thought bubbles, it could be harnessed to facilitate greater deliberation. This panel, featuring a political scientist and two journalists with extensive experience covering politics, will discuss the ways partisan media can contribute to healthy politics.
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Christina Bellantoni

Political EditorPBS NewshourChristina Bellantoni joined the PBS NewsHour in January 2012. In her role as Politics Editor, she directs coverage of campaign, White House and congressional news and appears on the program for on-air analysis.
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James Kirchick

FellowFoundation for Defense of Democracies
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John Sides

Assoc ProfessorGeorge Washington UniversityJohn Sides is an Associate Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. He studies public opinion and American elections. He is the co-author of a book about the 2012 campaign, The Gamble, a textbook on campaigns, and scholarly... Read More →

Monday March 11, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 9ABC

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